Friday I went to a music store about 30 miles away. They had 4 Morgan Monroes from the laminated F-5 style, the black sycamore Phantom, the carved maple back and sides with spruce top, and the collectors series with the vine of life inlay. They also had a Weber Gallitan, and a Weber Yellowstone. And last of all they had a Gibson A-9 and a Gibson F-5 Master Model. I played all of them over the space of a hour and a half, except the laminated MM, and the A-9. I was in small enclosed room by myself which gave me a chance to see how they sounded. I was suprized. I started with the carved model MM and went up in the price range from there. The Morgan Monroe was a close second to the Weber Yellowstone in Volume, sweetness of tone, abd both had a very nice action. Both also had a bark all the way up from G on up the neck. Of course the Yellowstone sounded very nice, but the Morgan Monroe was close, and it could sound better, as all the others but it had good strings. The ones on it were very dead. Price of the MM;-$700. Price of the Weber;,-$2800. And by the way, the Gibson F-5 Master Model was the worse sounding mandolin out of the whole bunch. I'm going to try to get the coins to buy the MM as soon as I can, for it is the only one in my price range.